Class of 2004; Pharmacist
In the course of a day at work, Brad Paulk advises patients about drug interactions and dispenses medicines to customers with prescriptions. He might give someone a flu shot, a pneumonia shot or a B-12 shot. He might make a gel medicine for a patient to apply to the skin.
The 2004 graduate of Millsaps is a pharmacist at Marty's Pharmacy & Compounding Center in Flowood. Paulk graduated from Tupelo High School and selected Millsaps because he liked the environment. An academic scholarship and one for the Millsaps Singers made it possible for him to attend the College.
He majored in mathematics and minored in chemistry. He thought he would apply to medical school, but during his senior year chose to apply to pharmacy school instead.
"The pharmacy profession fits my scientific interests and offers the quality of life that I desire," he said. "Being a pharmacist allows more flexibility than being a doctor. You don't have to work nights and weekends, and you can earn a decent living."
Paulk, a 2008 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, spent two years studying on the Oxford campus and two years studying in Jackson before earning his Pharm.D. degree. "The first two years were learning about drugs and medicinal chemistry, and the last two years were clinically based," he said.
Paulk credits the interdisciplinary approach at Millsaps and professors such as Dr. Mark Lynch, associate professor of mathematics, and Dr. Wolfgang Kramer, assistant professor of chemistry, with making him feel prepared for pharmacy school.
"Professors instill confidence in you that nothing in insurmountable," he said. "I got a lot out of my education."